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Helping law firms and corporate legal departments in the Washington, DC metropolitan area overcome their staffing challenges in a cost-effective and seamless manner is our ultimate goal. Legal E provides outstanding legal staffing solutions by offering the highest degree of professionalism, integrity and talent-driven human capital. For job seekers, Legal E offers the guidance of our expert team of recruiters and access to the area's top legal jobs through our online Career Portal. No matter what your employment needs are, Legal E is ready at a moment's notice to provide the solution!

Recent Publications

Recent Publications

Legal E Voted as Top Legal Staffing Firm Second Year in a Row

Legal E Voted as Top Legal Staffing Firm Second Year in a Row

12/3/2013 12:00:00 AM EST
10 months ago

Washington, D.C., December 03, 2013 - Legal E Employment Partners, a premier legal-staffing service provider in the Washington Metropolitan Area, is proud to announce that it has received top honors as one of DC's "Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing" firms for the second consecutive year, as reported in the 2013 "Best of Legal Times" Reader's Ranking survey.

"To be awarded one of DC’s ‘Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing Firms’ for the second year running is an outstanding achievement and the Legal E team is extremely appreciative to have been recognized by the readers,” says Jeanette Derby, the president and founder of Legal E. “This year marked Legal E’s 10th anniversary, and from the company’s inception, delivering premier services has always been our primary mission. In receiving this distinction, our gratitude goes out to those who have continuously supported and encouraged Legal E Employment Partners. We are exceedingly grateful to have the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise and serve our loyal clientele.”

In the 2013 annual "Best of Legal Times" Reader Survey “nearly 2,000 Washington, DC area readers cast votes for your favorite vendors 89 categories,” said Kenneth Gary, Publisher for The National Law Journal & Legal Times, in a recent statement to the legal community. “Lawyers and legal professionals alike rely heavily on these businesses and that is why we have dedicated a special supplement to highlight the successes of the best.” In addition to "Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing," which can be found on page 17 of the Legal Times Reader's Rankings insert of the NLJ’s November 25, 2013 issue, other categories in the survey include: best E-Discovery Consultant, best Time and Billing Software, best Telecommunications Provider, best Court Reporting Service, best Document Management Provider, best PR Firm, etc. To view the entire list of results, please go to http://at.law.com/BLT2013.

About Legal E:
Founded in 2003, Legal E has become one of DC's fastest growing legal employment service providers. As a certified WBENC business, Legal E is dedicated to providing area law firms, corporations and non-profits with highly qualified attorneys, paralegals and support staff for both contract and direct-hire services. To learn more about Legal E, please visit www.mylegale.com.

Best of Legal Times 2012

Best of Legal Times 2012

11/27/2012 12:00:00 AM EST
1 years ago

Washington, D.C., November 27, 2012 - Legal E Employment Partners, a premier legal-staffing service provider in the Washington Metropolitan Area, is proud to announce that it has received top honors as one of DC's "Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing" firms as reported in the 2012 "Best of Legal Times" Reader's Ranking survey.

"All of us at Legal E are extremely honored to be recognized as one of the legal industry's top staffing firms in the Washington Metropolitan Area," says Jeanette Derby, the President and founder of Legal E. "Legal E Employment Partners is committed to providing the highest degree of service to our clients and candidates and we truly appreciate the support and encouragement we have received over the years from the legal professionals who voted to distinguish Legal E in this year's survey. Proud to be an ever-growing women-owned business, we feel exceptionally fortunate for this accolade and pledge to continue delivering top-notch staffing solutions to the DC region's legal community."

In the annual "Best of Legal Times" Reader survey, the National Law Journal and Legal Times asked more than 2,500 local legal professionals to rank the top three legal industry service providers for each category. In addition to "Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing" which can be found on page 15 of the Legal Times Reader's Rankings insert of the National Law Journal's November 26, 2012 issue, other categories in the survey include: best E-Discovery Consultant, best Time and Billing Software, best Telecommunications Provider, best Court Reporting Service, best Document Management Provider, best PR Firm, etc. Click here to view the entire list of results online.

About Legal E:
Founded in 2003, Legal E has become one of DC's fastest growing legal employment service providers. As a certified woman-owned and operated business, Legal E is dedicated to providing area law firms, corporations and non-profits with highly qualified attorneys, paralegals and support staff for both contract and direct-hire services. To learn more about Legal E, please visit www.mylegale.com.

Best of Legal Times Award Winner 2012

Best of Legal Times Award Winner 2012

11/27/2012 12:00:00 AM EST
1 years ago


Legal E recognized as one of DC's "Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing Firms" in Best of Legal Times Reader's Rankings
For Immediate Release:

Washington, D.C., November 27, 2012 - Legal E Employment Partners, a premier legal-staffing service provider in the Washington Metropolitan Area, is proud to announce that it has received top honors as one of DC's "Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing" firms as reported in the 2012 "Best of Legal Times" Reader's Ranking survey.

"All of us at Legal E are extremely honored to be recognized as one of the legal industry's top staffing firms in the Washington Metropolitan Area," says Jeanette Derby, the President and founder of Legal E. "Legal E Employment Partners is committed to providing the highest degree of service to our clients and candidates and we truly appreciate the support and encouragement we have received over the years from the legal professionals who voted to distinguish Legal E in this year's survey. Proud to be an ever-growing women-owned business, we feel exceptionally fortunate for this accolade and pledge to continue delivering top-notch staffing solutions to the DC region's legal community."

In the annual "Best of Legal Times" Reader survey, the National Law Journal and Legal Times asked more than 2,500 local legal professionals to rank the top three legal industry service providers for each category. In addition to "Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing" which can be found on page 15 of the Legal Times Reader's Rankings insert of the National Law Journal's November 26, 2012 issue, other categories in the survey include: best E-Discovery Consultant, best Time and Billing Software, best Telecommunications Provider, best Court Reporting Service, best Document Management Provider, best PR Firm, etc. Click here to view the entire list of results online.

About Legal E:
Founded in 2003, Legal E has become one of DC's fastest growing legal employment service providers. As a certified woman-owned and operated business, Legal E is dedicated to providing area law firms, corporations and non-profits with highly qualified attorneys, paralegals and support staff for both contract and direct-hire services. To learn more about Legal E, please visit www.mylegale.com.

CULTIVATING THE NEW SUPPORT TEAM

CULTIVATING THE NEW SUPPORT TEAM

2/28/2012 12:00:00 AM EST
2 years ago

Recently, Jeanette Derby, President/Founder of Legal E Employment Partners, addressed the Human Resources , Branch Administrators, and Small Firm Sections of ALA’s Capital Chapter with a presentation entitled, CULTIVATING THE NEW SUPPORT TEAM.

Uncovering the many facets of the topic, Jeanette first revealed recent effects surrounding the global economic crisis and how those effects are influencing hiring and restructuring trends in law firms. Jeanette highlighted the latest legal industry developments and movements that are reshaping the way law firms do business. These include:

  • Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs)
  • Heightened Market Share Competition
  • Local Acquisitions and National/Global Mergers
  • Firm-wide Budget Cuts and Downsizing
  • Conservative Hiring and Compensation Increases
  • Maximizing Technology Efficiencies
  • Ratio Increases for Most Departments
  • Emerging "Team Concept" Approach
  • Staff Professional Development


Supported by the most recent statistics regarding unemployment rates as well as on-line job searching activity, the data presented demonstrated a slow recovery nationally yet more optimism for the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, particularly in professional business services, which also includes legal. Practice areas on the rise include: Litigation, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Real Estate and Corporate. With a prudent approach, DC law firms are hiring “high-demand” candidates--a group consisting of lateral attorneys, paralegals, practice/litigation support, e-discovery experts, technology specialists, marketing/business development professionals, intellectual property specialists, and entry-level candidates. Firms are becoming more and more aware of this tight "talent" market as high-demand candidates often offer the lowest supply given the finite number with the requisite expertise in the specific areas listed above.

Jeanette emphasized the continuously changing role of support staff, particularly administrative, in the “Ratio Reality” portion of her presentation which highlighted statistics showing firms moving to the highest (and climbing!) secretarial ratio in the industry’s history. According to the ALACC Salary Survey, 10% of the firms surveyed in 2010 had a secretarial ratio greater than 4.25, compared to just 4% two years prior. Jeanette went on to point out that many traditional secretarial duties are becoming extinct. Higher ratios and the popularity of "team concept" programs are on the rise. Management committees can no longer justify underutilized support staff while the fiscal health of the firm is under extreme scrutiny or may be in jeopardy.

Operating with a reduced staff, law firm management expects staff members to accomplish more with less. Firms strive to attract and retain top talent with advanced technical skills and the ability to accommodate multiple tasks with ever-changing priorities and technology, all while being retrained to “share” responsibilities. One retention strategy emerging from the teaming concept is the introduction of Support Staff Development Programs, which are taking traditional training to a higher level. Jeanette detailed how many firms are structuring such programs and revamping their mentoring programs to compensate for the increasing use of entry-level candidates in a wider variety of administrative roles. As these exemplary firms invest in talent, they optimize the work capacity of staff members while boosting loyalty and morale to create a winning formula.

The premise of CULTIVATING THE NEW SUPPORT TEAM is to better anticipate future needs, based on known trends and foreshadowing and to develop skills sets from the existing talent pool in order to gain expertise in emerging areas--especially those that are considered high-demand/low supply. Firms that cultivate their own “specialists” or experts from within for such positions realize the positive outcome over considering layoff scenarios. Jeanette stressed that while firms are making a concerted effort to offer professional development to maximize staff efficiency, it is prudent to assess beyond today’s immediate needs. Increasing ratios will continue. Accepting these advancements, law firms have the opportunity to get ahead of the curve.

As Jeanette drew her presentation to a close, she reported that economists and legal experts forecast positive growth for DC’s legal community for the foreseeable future. Firms themselves are reporting an increased dependence on technology. Jeanette suggested to her audiences that they focus on the intersection of the two. Reassignment of personnel needs based on business shifts exemplifies the principle advantage of strategically CULTIVATING THE NEW SUPPORT TEAM.

For more information, please contact:
Jeanette Derby, President
Legal E Employment Partners
jderby@mylegale.com

ALA Spotlight Article - Dan Keith

ALA Spotlight Article - Dan Keith

12/15/2011 12:00:00 AM EST
2 years ago

As the newest member of Legal E, we were eager to get to know Dan Keith and talk with him about his role as Manager of the Direct Hire Division. Prior to joining Legal E, Dan worked as the Recruiting Manager for the prominent DC based law firm, Wiley Rein LLP, where he managed the full-cycle recruiting process for all non-attorney job openings and worked alongside the partnership and management to run a seamless recruiting program. Prior to his tenure at Wiley Rein, Dan worked for two placement services as a recruiter, where he gained in-depth expertise serving law-firms, the medical field, Fortune 100 companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University. We sat down with Dan recently to get his insights on his new role and D.C.'s legal recruiting market.


1) How would you describe your role at Legal E?

My role is two-fold -- with the primary responsibility being the management of the Direct Hire Division and ensuring we are providing our clients with the best talent available. My goal is to blend traditional recruiting resources, such as the expansive candidate pool of over 15,000 in Legal E’s data base, while expanding the use of non-traditional recruiting avenues such as targeted networking in the social media sphere; intense professional association engagement; and full utilization of statistical reporting to increase client satisfaction.

With all of that said, I still consider myself a recruiter first and foremost. As a result, aside from my management duties, I thoroughly enjoy running a full-cycle recruiting desk. Somehow it gets into your blood and you are captivated.

2) What do you enjoy most about legal recruiting?

There are so many things that come to mind -- the most prominent being the relationships I have built over the years. As I think back to my first recruiting position, I still have relationships with many of the candidates that I placed and clients with whom I worked. There are tens of thousands of legal professionals in the Washington Metropolitan area, yet ultimately we are a very small, tight knit community. Those relationships are the core of the community.

The level of professionalism and intellect you experience in the legal community is second to none. Getting to work closely with attorneys and law firm management leaders is extremely rewarding and in many ways has elevated me as a professional.


3) Why did you decide to return to the agency side?

While I really enjoyed being an in-house recruiter, I missed the thrill of placing great talent and the pace of the work. Every e-mail, every phone call and every workday brings new opportunities for us to recruit and help our clients with their staffing challenges.

The competitive side of me wanted to be with the best legal staffing firm in the area which I believe I found in Legal E. Remember, I was a client for many years and often and consulted with my counterparts at other firms, so I knew firsthand that Legal E's reputation is unparalleled. My integrity and expertise as a legal recruiter is especially motivating to me as I launch back into the agency side and begin achieving great things with the Legal E team.

4) What hiring trends do you see regarding the legal industry?

A big trend I am seeing is the demand for individuals with outstanding technical skills. This was once only an expectation for legal secretaries and technology professionals, but now it is becoming a requirement for most positions. As technology continues to evolve and play a larger role in the everyday work environment, law firms need employees who are able to comprehend, embrace and use this technology at the highest level.

Another trend we are seeing is the use of entry level candidates for all types of positions. Firms are looking for technically savvy entry-levels and are willing to bridge a training gap with other skills while accepting the probability that many of these new hires will have limited commitments. It is a very interesting trend and yet another reflection of the emphasis on technology.

5) What advice do you have for legal hiring professionals?

My advice would be to accept that the legal employment market is becoming competitive once again. We are seeing candidates with multiple offers. I would recommend that hiring professionals allow more consideration for non-traditional candidates or those who might not meet all of the criteria required.

Many firms have adopted this approach and are open to hiring non-legal candidates with a strong skill set and an accommodating nature. We often have access to top non-legal talent with outstanding skills, solid work history and a winning attitude, which is a very successful package in the legal field.

6) In your opinion, what makes Legal E different?

Mainly, it is our commitment to provide our clients with the right talent for their firm and culture. When I came aboard, I was amazed at the depth of understanding the team has for each client’s culture and the types of candidates that best suit each client's environment. In addition to that keen awareness, the professionals at Legal E go to great lengths to identify, screen and fully vet every candidate through the rigorous application and background investigation process. It is not our goal to submit a high volume of resumes, but rather to present only the most appropriate candidates. Exceeding our clients' expectations and saving their precious time is our #1 motivation. At the end of the day, the goal is to serve by targeting and providing what we know the client wants.


7) What are your goals or mission for Legal E?

I joined Legal E because of its proven success and the dedicated, hardworking team which I have enjoyed knowing from the first day. Since I am tasked with the challenging job of improving upon a well-established department, I have decided to build upon the foundation and establish goals to enhance efficiency and expand non-traditional recruiting efforts to increase production. It is an exciting time for me to be back on the other side of the desk and I am looking forward to a bright future with Legal E.


8) What do you do in your leisure time?

When I am not spending time with my wife, you can find me with a fishing pole in my hand and water at my feet. I am an avid fisherman. I caught my first fish at the age of 3 and have been hooked ever since. Pun completely intended!

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